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CNN
Aug 30, 2009 10:00am EDT
a sentence that struck me in your book. i'll put it up on the screen. yet rush limbaugh has probably gotten more attention in the last six months than he has gotten in a long time and keith olbermann is not lacking the spotlight either. >> no, to me, it's the last hurrah of a discredited era where people substitute shouting instead of reasoned discussion. which, again, it's not going to go away overnight. but i think -- and people like glenn beck, rush limbaugh, keith olbermann are invested in a certain kind of anger. there is going to be a small number of americans who flock to that and respond to that. but a small number of americans is very good -- perfectly good business for a business model if you have a cable channel. >> that's a point i often make, you get a couple million people watching and you're a huge success, even though it's a small percentage of the culture. you write about the juvenilization of life, you say children scream and cry like glenn beck, but he is, at least by the standards of cable universe and radio talk shows a successful guy. you say it's a discredit to cultur
CNN
Aug 9, 2009 10:00am EDT
limbaugh saying the health care logo looks like a russian swastika? >> i don't know what to say about that. americans are suffering under the rising costs of health care, they are paying 30% more out of pocket than they did, it's threatening their jobs, they are being denied health coverage. >> we're debating that. >> trying to discuss that in a civil way is extremely important. >> you were a journalist for three decades, you worked for abc, cbs, you were a guest on this program many times. is it uncomfortable to be pushing an administration line on health care on people who were your former colleagues. >> you mean trying to promote, advocate on behalf of health insurance reform is a gratifying thing to do. this is the country's greatest need. they have been waiting for decades -- >> if you were still a journalist you would be sitting in this seat asking the questions i am. instead you're a saleswoman. >> it's something all of us in the administration believe deeply. as a journalist i covered the last effort to try to bring health insurance reform to the country. i saw how the special inte
CNN
Aug 16, 2009 10:00am EDT
. you look at the folks, when they listen to rush limbaugh or listen to fox news, they think they are getting a respectful hearing of their news which they don't get with other networks. >> you used the phrase the death panels, and sarah palin said she didn't want an american in which her parents or baby with downs syndrome had to go and a half front of the panel. is this something where he told her will you quit making things up? >> she said herself when she was leaving the stage and moving on, media, will you stop making things up. it's appropriate this week for people to -- to call people on things like that if she's going to use this as a plat fofrmt i was struck how that spread to people who are not on facebook. someone asked senator grassley this week in iowa if, you know, if he was concerned about that. he said i'm not going to pull the plug on grandma. he did not say that that was incorrect necessarily. >> the fact, there's been this twitter, tit-for-tat between senator specter and grassley. >> can i say one thing about twitter? one thing that is interesting to me abo
CNN
Aug 2, 2009 10:00am EDT
pressed by the likes of rush limbaugh and cnn's lou dobbs. and that controversy led dobbs to take a very personal swipe at msnbc's rachel maddow. so is some of the cable commentary getting out of line? should there be a line you can't cross without getting fired? and why are we still discussing this skip gates arrest? joining me now, amanda moore, and michelle cottle, senior editor of the new republic. is calling the president a racist simply out of bounds? >> yes. >> and yet, there doesn't seem to be any great uproar about it. >> i don't know. that's the part that surprises me a little. but there's a lot -- i guess it would be funny if it weren't so, and here's a word we've heard a lot of lately, stupid. here is a man who has a white mother. here's a man who was raised by two white grandparents, who obviously adored him and who he adores. here's a man at so-called white culture than glenn beck is, and yet we have to hear this kind of commentary. it's quite remarkable. the only thing i would say about this, there's a long history of people towards african-americans. i was reminded in 185
CNN
Aug 23, 2009 10:00am EDT
, rush limbaugh. you said, we have to tone down the militant and accusatory rhetoric. >> we do. we do. >> is it fair to blame the broadcasters for this atmosphere? >> yeah. the broadcasters have -- coping with a downward trend in advertising revenues for talk radio, the broadcasters have ramped up what they are saying. you have broadcaster saying the president is, quote, literally at war with the american people, literally at war is a very serious thing. al qaeda is literally at war. >> and has a deep-seated hatred for white people. >> and the thing that's so outrageous, people are getting more excited about than the details of health care. yes, this is a moment where because the president has advanced these ideas at a time of fiscal crisis, the republicans have an opportunity to reshape the president's plan in a way that is consistent with conservative values, to get control of costs, to improve competition, to defeat the public option -- >> and instead? >> and instead, the republicans are making some tactical gains at the price of making themselves look less like a future government
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